If there was one thing that was hot at SEMA it was the new 2017 Super Duty from Ford. They were just about everywhere and lots of companies had brand new, fresh off the press parts for these ¾- and 1-ton rigs. And while we hope you don’t rush out, buy a 2017 Super Duty to build another useless mall crawler, bro-dozer, or undrivable show truck with comical amounts of lift, chrome everywhere, gaudy paint where the chrome ends, huge wheels with very negative offset, dangerous steering, and low profile “mud” tires, we do want you to go buy a new Super Duty. We want you to buy one and then add as little lift as necessary to fit the tires you want and go wheel the snot out of the thing. To that end here are some of the companies we saw at SEMA with suspension lift products for the 2017 Ford heavy haulers. Suspension parts not just for show, but for go, on-road and off. We sure can’t wait to see these big trucks on the trail, in the mud, and slinging sand in the dunes.
Skyjacker Suspension was showing off its 2017 Ford Super Duty in the Ford booth. The F-350 Super Duty is all decked out for the boys in blue and has been made into a limited-edition Matchbox car. The truck features Skyjackers new 8.5-inch suspension lift, flashing emergency lights and a passel of goods inside, to help the police in almost any situation. Skyjacker also has a 4- and 6-inch lift for the 2017 Super Duty. Suspensions are available in 2.5-, 4-, 6- and 8.5-inch heights with progressive coils, optional coilovers, and an optional four-link upgrade. Info: Skyjacker Suspensions, 318/388-0816, skyjacker.com
A peek inside the Police F-350 shows a comfortable and utilitarian interior.
The back of the Skyjacker Police Super Duty is loaded with firearms, rescue equipment, and other items any LEO would love to have on hand when their jobs get tough.
Here’s a look at the Matchbox version that you too can own!
One of the first suspension systems for the 2017 Super Duty we got a good look at was from Pro Comp. With a range of parts from mild lifts using coil spacers, custom radius arms, and more on up to a full 8-inch system that can use custom radius arms or a full four-link front conversion with massive coilovers, Pro Comp has the 2017 Super Duty covered. Info: Pro Comp, 800/776-0767, procompusa.com
The Pro Comp Super Duty looks as though it’s ready to carve up the desert as a Baja chase truck. We love it!
Here’s a peek at the optional heavy-duty radius arms from Pro Comp. The upper radius brackets have bushings like the new Ram Power Wagon trucks to alleviate binding when the suspension flexes.
A closer look at the truck shows the massive 4.5-inch diameter of these coilovers. And they’re not just bigger. There’s a lot of upper-level technology inside derived from Baja racing. The Pro Comp suspension is close to bolting on a full chase truck suspension with one part number.
Not to be outdone BDS also had a 2017 Super Duty on hand sporting its new coilover conversion. On the way to SEMA the boys from BDS hit some dirt in Moab, Utah, in the F-250 also known as Project Ascension. We love wheeling on the way to or on the way home from SEMA. It helps us deal with all the shiny paint! Info BDS, 517/279-2135, bds-suspension.com
BDS offers suspensions from 2-to-6 inches of lift with either a heavy duty radius arm or a full four-link for any of its suspensions. For systems taller than 4 inches (an 8-inch kit is in the works and should be done by the end of the year) a T-case drop bracket is included to alleviate front driveline bind. All suspension kits use BDS’s Proride replacement coils or Fox 2.5 DSC coilovers up front and BDS’s glideride rear springs in the rear.
Daystar also has a new 2.5-inch front, 2-inch rear suspension lift with hardware and shocks for the 2017 Super Duty. The kit includes polyurethane spacers for the front suspension, cast steel blocks and U-bolts for the rear, and Scorpion Shocks for all four corners. Info: Daystar, 800/595-7659, daystarweb.com
Icon Vehicle Dynamics had displays for its 2017 Super Duty Coilover Conversion on hand at SEMA for use with its new suspension systems. With lift heights available are 2.5, 4.5 and 7 inches IVD’s systems use dual-rate coils, coilovers, and 2.5-inch shocks. Info: Icon Vehicle Dynamics, 951/689-4266, iconvehicledynamics.com
Icon also had a full four-link conversion for the new big Ford to accompany its suspension systems.
Revtek showed up at SEMA 2016 with its 2017 Super Duty to show off the company’s 2.5-, 4.5- and 6-inch suspensions for the new 2017 F-250 and F-350 4x4s. The 4.5- or 6-inch lifts come with either new tubular radius arms or drop brackets. Info: Revtek, 877/543-8869, revtek.com
We also bumped into this display from ReadyLift showing its offerings of a 2.5- and 3.5-inch suspension for the 2017 Ford Super Duty. Info: ReadyLift, 877/759-9991, readylift.com